God Will Eradicate Spiritual Blindness and Stupidity
“What sorrow awaits the leaders of my people—the shepherds of my sheep—for they have destroyed and scattered the very ones they were expected to care for…. …Instead of caring for my flock and leading them to safety, you have deserted them and driven them to destruction…” (Jer 23:1, NLT). “…The leaders of the people have misled them. They have led them down the path of destruction. That is why the Lord takes no pleasure in the young men and shows no mercy even to the widows and orphans. For they are all wicked hypocrites and they all speak foolishness. But even then the Lord’s anger will not be satisfied. His fist is still poised to strike” (Isa 9:16-17, NLT). “He will burn up all this wickedness, these thorns and briars; and the flames will consume the forests too, and send a vast cloud of smoke billowing up from their burning” (Isa 9:18, TLB). The shepherds of God's people must follow Micaiah example, who said: "......As Adonai, [the Lord], lives, whatever my God says is what I will say" (2 Chronicles 18:13, Complete Jewish Bible). “So ignore them. They are blind guides leading the blind, and if one blind person guides another, they will both fall into a ditch” (Matt 15:14, NLT). And while you ignore blind guides, follow the example of the brethren from Berea—"...search the Scriptures daily..." (Acts 17:11).
“Listen, you leaders of Israel—you are supposed to know right from wrong, yet you are the very ones who hate good and love evil; you skin my people and strip them to the bone. You devour them, flog them, break their bones, and chop them up like meat for the cooking pot—and then you plead with the Lord for his help in times of trouble! Do you really expect Him to listen? He will look the other way! You false prophets! You who lead His people astray! You who cry “Peace” to those who give you food and threaten those who will not pay! This is God’s message to you: ‘The night will close about you and cut off all your visions; darkness will cover you with never a word from God. The sun will go down upon you, and your day will end. Then at last you will cover your faces in shame and admit that your messages were not from God” (Mic 3:1-7, TLB).
Where do we go from here? Be encouraged during times of ignorance and rebellion that may be teeming all around you. If its within your capacity to do, work for implementation of institutional checks-and-balances. But more importantly, continue to cherish hope, and reject despair. For God gave us this assurance: “…The Lord’s face is hard against those who do evil …to wipe out even the memory of evil [people] from the earth” (1 Pet 3:12; Pss 34:16, TLB), unless they repent (Jer 18:8, TLB). “…We are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth, [Rev 21:1, NLT]. [God] has promised a world filled with... righteousness” (2 Pet 3:13, NLT). “Its gates will never… close at the end of day…. Nothing evil will… enter [that land], …but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life” (Rev 21:25 & 27, NLT). Is your name written there—in the Lamb's Book of Life? "[When]... Michael, the mighty angelic prince... stands... up and fights for you... against satanic forces, ...everyone of your people whose names are written in the Book will endure..." (Dan 12:1, TLB).
Bro. Graham F. Watts, Sr.